Hacked by Tracy Alexander
Published by Scholastic Australia
Hacked introduces us to Dan, a minor league hacker who steps into a minefield of trouble. Dan starts his hacking career as a way to impress girls, but soon finds “crossing the line from cyber-geek to cyber-terrorist is easier than you think”.
The style of writing was done in a way that really made it feel as if Dan - a teenager - was in charge of the keyboard at the time, it helped take me into the story and become intrigued with what Dan would do next. As it turned out Dan soon inadvertently nearly led to the destruction of London in a terrorist campaign led by Hacked antagonist Angel.
Dan is no criminal mastermind, he is simply trying to pass his exams and stop his girlfriend from leaving him. A particular favourite idea of the book for me, was how Dan inspired fellow hackers who had also been sucked in by Angel showing there is solidarity in numbers.
I see Hacked as being appealing to young boys with a penchant for all things computers, an intriguing storyline see’s this book a winner.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Tracy Alexander
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Published: April 2015
Age: 12 +